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BSI Flex 8670. Core Criteria for Building Safety Competence Frameworks

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BSI Flex 8670. Built environment. Core criteria for building safety in competence frameworks. Code of practice. Was published on April 30 2021, it is currently under review and likely to be republished with updates from 2022. It is intended to inform the development of future competence frameworks (or to map against existing frameworks) in the built environment sector.

It is the core criteria that helped for part of a set of standards, developed by three steering groups, made up of built environment professionals and under the government-funded Built Environment Competence programme and as such is freely available for download. Since January 2024, the group has been part of the Industry Competence Steering Group led by the Building Safety Regulator’s Industry Competence Committee. It isd working Group 9 that has developed the framework for the competence of site supervisors, aligning with industry standards including PAS 8672:2022 Competence of Principal Contractors, PAS 8671:2022 Competence of Principal Designers and the BSI Flex 8670 Core Criteria for Building Safety in Competence Frameworks.

Chair of Working Group 9 since January 2024 (taking over from Peter Dawber) Kris Zakrzewski MCIOB, a project manager with Colorminium/Envoy Projects said "I am immensely proud to be part of this group, and to lead this team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals from leading industry organisations..."

"The importance of competence in construction cannot be overstated, particularly in navigating and ensuring compliance with building regulations and the safety of buildings throughout their life cycle. A crucial aspect of this lies in the competence of site supervisors, the individuals directly supporting the principal contractor, and this is what the framework covers. The framework designates their roles and responsibilities, emphasising their position in ensuring compliance with regulations and safety standards." ('Site supervisors competence framework will redefine safety',

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The document provides a set of core principles of competence, including leading and managing safety, communicating safety, delivering safety, risk management, regulations and processes, building systems, ethics, and fire/life safety.

The term BSI Flex is a new term used in standardisation approach, indicating a more flexible rapid response approach to make it available quickly for the marketplace, this also means it may have a number of versions as it responds quickly o any changes across the industry. The BSI Flex 8670 began transitioning into BS 8670 in 2022 and will be replaced by the Standard once complete, hence it continues to be available but under review.

The related standards available under the Built Environment Competence programme include;

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is the UK National Standards Body (NSB). It publishes standards and provides a range of books, self-assessment tools, conferences and training services. It also represents UK economic and social interests in European and international standards organisations.

British Standard (BS) publications are technical specifications or practices that can be used as guidance for the production of a product, carrying out a process or providing a service.

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